Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

FP7 or Seventh Framework Programme  is where organisations can obtain EU funding for research projects. A recent event seeking such funding was a two day conference, organised by British Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association (SSA) under the Marine Transport umbrella which saw many groups pitching for funding. The UKMPA keeps a close watch on the agenda items for such sessions and on this one a research project looking at e-guided vessels ( the autonomous ship) caught the eye of Section Committee. Nick Lee from London attended the conference and reported back that this e-guided ship project was looking at the feasibility of reducing ships’ crews to a minimum or perhaps altogether. Pilotage is included in the project’s application        (port operation and manoeuvring) so the UKMPA will be closely monitoring this project should funding be received for it!


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